Vincent-Joseph POTTIER

POTTIER, Vincent-Joseph, Q.C., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Shelburne--Yarmouth--Clare (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
April 11, 1897
Deceased Date
February 4, 1980
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Pottier
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=cd1d4f94-d4de-42cb-a256-0b0d948a7f22&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Shelburne--Yarmouth--Clare (Nova Scotia)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Shelburne--Yarmouth--Clare (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 66)


July 21, 1944

Mr. POTTIER:

The minister said a

moment ago that he hesitated to bring before parliament any request for the expenditure of money on breakwaters and public works. I believe the time has come when there must be a change in the present policy of maintaining wharves and breakwaters. It is reaching the point where the money expended is no longer maintaining those wharves and breakwaters; they are breaking away, and going to pieces. The emergency repairs are not extensive enough to maintain the structures. In the very near future I believe the government is going to have to ask parliament for more money; otherwise these public wharves and breakwaters will go out of existence, and they will be no longer available for the public service they are supposed to render. I urge upon the minister that in connection with next year's estimates some thought be given to this point.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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July 21, 1944

Mr. POTTIER:

On June 30 when the minister's estimates were, before the committee he referred to the brief presented by the united maritime fishermen's association, and in referring to it he said, as reported on page 4416 of Hansard:

The brief presented to us by the united fishermen says that they do not want the unrestricted use of trawlers, meaning that they do not want the trawlers to fish anywhere. We are going to see, through the system of granting a licence, that the trawlers fish far away from the shore.

I think the minister has misinterpreted the brief presented by the united maritime fishermen's association. Their brief reads:

Clearly then the unrestricted use of trawlers is inimical to the interest of the inshore fishermen, and on behalf of its members this association must continue its opposition to them.

The unrestricted use to which they refer there is not only the unrestricted use of the fishing grounds but unrestricted use in so far as the number of beam trawlers is concerned. It is important that we be seized of that difference. The reason why the united maritime fishermen are opposed to -the beam trawler is that it affects a large number of fishermen, and an increase in the number of beam trawlers tends to put fishermen out of business and centralize the industry in two or three places in Nova Scotia, Halifax and Lunenburg for example. I hope that the minister will not continue with that interpretation.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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July 21, 1944

Mr. POTTIER:

Do the fish keep going up the fishways?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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June 28, 1944

Mr. POTTIER:

An emergency exists.

Topic:   FISHERIES
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June 28, 1944

Mr. POTTIER:

I notice there is a decrease of S10.000 in this item, and I should like to know the reason for this decrease. I wish to know if sufficient inspectors are being appointed to take care of a serious situation in western Nova Scotia. After all, this is an item which affects sea fisheries, and it affects a situation which is developing there. In the past we have produced what is known as boneless fish, and that has gone to the United States-at least by far the largest portion of it. At the present time the quota law provides that sixty-five per cent of 1941-42 production will be permitted to go to the United States. This means that the fish which used to be made into boneless will have to be diverted, and go to one of the following markets: Canadian consumption, probably dried fish to the West Indies, and elsewhere, and then to the United Kingdom.

That means of exit to the United Kingdom is looked upon at present as the way out. I urge that every assistance and cooperation be given to the fishing industry to bring that about, particularly in areas in Nova Scotia. Certificates of quality must be provided. I am afraid there is a tendency to have a scarcity of inspectors. I urge upon the Department that that danger be avoided, and that there be no hesitancy about providing inspectors, wherever they are in centres where fishing is conducted, so that the quality will be such as is required for shipment to the United Kingdom.

There were just those two things I wished to comment on. I wanted to know, first, why there is a decrease and, second, if sufficient inspectors will be provided to ensure the quality of our fish, so that there will be no delays in shipments to the United Kingdom.

There were just those two things I wished to comment on. I wanted to know, first, why there is a decrease and, second, if sufficient

Supply-Fisheries

inspectors will be provided to ensure the quality of our fish,, so that there will be no delays in shipments to the United Kingdom.

Topic:   FISHERIES
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